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June 30th

Cote quits as Democratic Committee Chair

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gary Cote, resigned his seat just before the financial town meeting June 10.
“I was away for a week and when I come back it’s to see what’s being posted and handed out to the voters regarding the town council’s decision to not include money in the town’s budget for the schools.
“I’m just tired of fighting,” he said.
Cote was referring to fellow party members Judi Liner and Kathy Patenaude passing out flyers asking voters to vote in favor if the tax increase to fund the schools.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Couple of candidates declare for council seat

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY— Two District 5 Coventry residents have stepped up to the plate as candidates for the town council seat that has been vacant since Councilman Ted Jendzejec resigned in early spring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

140-vote margin decides budget

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — The Coventry School committee and School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida was scheduled to begin to discuss the rounds of cuts at this past Wednesday’s school committee meeting after Tuesday’s referendum vote results revealed 1,517 Coventry voters rejected a proposed tax increase to further fund the schools to 1,377 voters who approved the tax increase.
Of the town’s 27,400 registered voters, almost 3,000 cast their ballot with steady turnout all day right up until 8 p.m. Some saw that as a good turnout, others were disgusted that so few came out.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police: CCFD won’t face charges

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — According to a press release from the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Steven O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced that the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office have concluded their investigation into the Central Coventry Fire District.
The investigation determined there was no basis for the initiation of any criminal charges.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC approves special exception for Matunuck wall

June 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) held a public hearing on Tuesday evening at the Department of Administration in Providence to make a final decision on the future of the town of South Kingstown’s proposal to build a seawall on Matunuck Beach Road near the Ocean Mist restaurant and bar. After a 5-4 vote the council approved the special exception requested by the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Monahan’s expansion plans greeted with resistance

June 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - An appeal from the owners of Monahan’s Clam Cake Shack and Restaurant, a business owned and operated by a single family for over 50 years, for indoor seating and a license to serve beer and wine brought several groups in opposition to the zoning board meeting Wednesday night, including the DEM, the residents of the Green Hill Condominiums and other neighbors to the restaurant.
The meeting of the zoning board began with a general description of the restaurant and the project that the family was asking for permission to begin work on.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Changes made to Pier comp plan map

June 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Planning Board met on Wednesday evening for a special meeting to discuss the second draft of the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use, a color-coded map of the town with various designations for zoning in different areas.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 27th

Ella Prescott having great success with SK Little League

June 27, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Ask any South Kingstown baseball player under the age of 13 to name their favorite baseball player, and you’ll likely get answers such as “David Ortiz,” “Dustin Pedroia,” and, should they venture outside the hallowed city limits of Boston and the friendly confines of Fenway, “Derek Jeter.” Each of those names, however, will not be the answer given by South Kingstown Little League’s only girl player in the Majors division. Her answer would seem out of time.
Ask Ella Denny Prescott what her first love is, and she’ll point to her family. Ask her again, only this time ask her to specify a sport, and she’ll say she has a tough time deciding between basketball and baseball. Little wonder. She excels at both. Having just wrapped up the traveling basketball season, her full attention has now turned to baseball. And with good results.

June 26th

Council approves Rolling Greens changes

June 26, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Beechwood Senior Center was filled to capacity for Monday evening’s public hearing, where the council approved amendments to its Rural Gateway proposal with a vote of 3-2. The Rolling Greens project, which will allow residential acreage at the Route 2 and 102 intersection to be re-zoned for commercial development, has met with much opposition in the North Kingstown and Exeter communities.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State honoring fallen NK soldier

June 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE—On June 27, 2005, Army Second Lt. Matthew Coutu, took part in a military convoy through the streets of Baghdad. He never returned, killed by a sniper’s bullet. Now, the soldier who had once called North Kingstown home will have a lasting memorial as the Rhode Island General Assembly approved to rename the bridge on Boston Neck Road which crosses Route 138.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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